Magazine office burns as Islam issue hits stands
Police officers stand in front of the burnt out offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
November 2nd, 2011
08:42 AM ET

Magazine office burns as Islam issue hits stands

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo burned early Wednesday morning, the day it was due to publish an issue with a cover appearing to make fun of Islamic law.

The cover has a bearded and turbaned cartoon figure of the Prophet Mohammed saying "100 lashes if you're not dying of laughter."

The magazine's publication director said the fire was caused by a Molotov cocktail.

The executive, identified on CNN affiliate BFM-TV as "Charb," expressed outrage at the attack.


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  1. saywhat

    @ fernace
    right on mark.
    Its a pity that reviling one particular religion has become almost a sport in our civilized West.
    To say that it is by design wouldn't be too far from the truth. Keep the populace focused on a percieved & blown up 'enemy' & get on with your agenda. Here in this land of ours Islamophobia is now nurtured as a tool to win elections.
    But thank God for the American spirit, which is still alive & well, if you go to an interfaith meeting where mostly Jews, Christians & Muslims come together your faith in America is revived.
    I salute leaders of these communities who are struggling to stand up against forces trying to tear apart the very fabric of our society.

    November 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    @fernace @saywhat:


    November 2, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    I need no religion to have an american spirit.. I wasn't gonna say anything, but.. You are laying it on kinda thick, there..

    Interfaith.. Is there a term that cracks me up more? Maybe.. 'Just cuz you are going to hell is no reason we can't be friends'.. It's right, but in a wierd, condescending kinda way..

    Some might say religion is what's tearing this world apart..

    November 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Soan

    What a bunch of WIMPS! You actually burred out the image on TV so as not to offend Muslims. Give me a break! Why don't you start reporting the news and stop worrying about making a few nut cases angry. Either you are afraid of Islam or you have your own agenda. Either way its not good for America!

    November 2, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tinman

    Shame on you cowards at CNN for not showing the cover on your news program!

    November 2, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. j

    Jesus will be back soon, and then, no more muhammad dog boy, or Allah rat head

    November 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Yes, I will be back soon. Then there will be hell to pay. But let me finish my plate of nachos first.

      November 3, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. j

    As long as their is Islam, there will be terror.

    Not all muslims are terrorists but all terrorists have been muslims

    November 2, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @j: LOL.. We just had a story about 4 white christian redneck terrorists in georgia.

      You are free to hate, but don't act like you have a clue..

      November 2, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. balloomboy are an IDIOT and a freaking ignorant!!!

    November 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |

    if someone burned down a masque cause they made fun of jesus it'd be a "hate crime" but if they burn down a church cause some one makes fun of mohammed...whoa watch out.. that's ok..

    November 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (arkasas hillbilly dentist)

    think jesus will come back in a 82 camaro and listening to boston?

    November 2, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    No, Ruffie, I don't think so.
    Probably ZZ Top, though...

    November 3, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. ma & pa

    We weren't going to say anything either. RUFFNUTT at 9:44p.m. you're right. Maxim at 1:54 p.m. is right. Quietly learn the intent of Islam, world domination by any and all means, from Mohammeds 'submit or die by the sword' rule to control the kingdoms he had brutally conquered, to the smiling faces of those who walk among us, putting off guard, watching and using our childlike kindness. For those it's not over until sharia law rules the land. Look what has happened to the Christians in Islamic lands. We don't care what they eat or don't eat. There's no need to aggravate or ridicule them. That makes them look oppressed, and we're always up for helping the oppressed, right? Be quietly watchful and learn. Teach our children what responsible personal freedom is and how to keep it.

    November 3, 2011 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @ leeintulsa
    you are right about 'religion' tearing humanity apart. But organized religion is a reality to stay with us till the end of times & those who do not believe in organized relion would have to bear with this reality.
    Interfaith harmony is the only way forward.
    @ ma& pa
    Only one thing comes to mind. What a load of nonsense. Travel around and see they are people just like us. Struggling to put food on the table, wanting a shelter, education & health care. The same aspirations.
    This propagandist spiel of their wanting to dominate the world is designed to bamboozle us into more conflicts.
    They want to be left alone, want us to get out of their lands, and get on with the way their culture or faith dictates.
    With more than 700 military bases around the world, Roman or British Empires at their height had no more than 100, our war ships circling the globe, we have hardly earned the right to blame others for trying to dominate.
    And pl do get off that high horse of " we are always up for helping the oppressed' . This slogan has become sickening to the world after Iraq & Afghanistan.
    The geo-political, economic agenda, the greed & lust for power behind our 'interventions' is no longer a secret.

    November 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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